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  • Locations: Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer I
  • Restrictions: WMU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer I
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

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Program Overview

This program is not offered for summer 2014. It may be offered in summer 2015. Please consult with the program online profile in September 2014 for update.

This two-week Business Seminar with an optional excursion to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, will be held "Down-Under" in beautiful Australia.  The seminar will have a strong business focus, emphasized through tours of companies in Sydney and Melbourne, including a wine tour in the Melbourne region and a tour of the Carleton United Beverage in Melbourne.  Students will also participate in a case competition with students from Macquarie University in Sydney.  Students will have time to explore both Sydney and Melbourne, and an Australian Rules Football game is on the schedule.  Students will also learn leadership skills in small group excursion activities.  Students will have an opportunity to extend their stay with an optional excursion to Cairns (not part of the academic program).  Cairns is where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.  In the Cairns excursion, students will have the opportunity to become scuba certified, dive the Barrier Reef and also experience a whitewater rafting trip.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship and/or HCoB Study Abroad scholarship.

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Melbourne:  Melbourne is frequently compared to Chicago, and has a public transportation system that makes touring easy.  The Melbourne area is home to Australia's automotive industry.  In Melbourne, the group will visit Carleton United Beverage in Abbotsford, Holden (a division of GM), the Australian Defense Forces and attend an Australian Rules Football game.  Swinburne University of Technology is located in Melbourne.

Sydney:  Sydney is Australia's largest business center, with over one-third of the national economy generated from this city. Sydney is the gateway to Asia and hosts to many regional headquarters for major multinational companies. From Sydney, a visit to Kellogg's is planned, as well as a tour of the Woolworth Distribution Center.

Local driving laws and practices are unlike those in the U.S. WMU Study Abroad strongly discourages students from driving, renting, leasing or owning a motor vehicle while participating on a study abroad program.

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Academic Eligibility
Good Academic Standing

Academic Program
Students enroll for 3 hours of WMU credit in BUS 594, International Business Seminar. Enrollment will be for Summer I 2013. Prior to departure, students are urged to work closely with the appropriate academic advisor(s) to determine how these credits will be counted towards their degree. Students will be expected to attend preparation meetings before leaving for Australia, read the book In a Sunburned Country (provided as part of the trip) and are required to create a blog during the trip clarifying topics and concepts learned abroad through the seminar experience.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid


The Program fee includes travel within Australia, lodging, enrollment fees, excursions, and insurance. Continental breakfasts, six dinners and one lunch are included.  Other meals and personal expenses are additional and will need to be budgeted for accordingly. Students will need to arrange for air travel to Sydney, as well as air travel in Australia from Sydney to Melbourne and Cairns for the optional excursion.  A complete air package will be offered through the Education Abroad Network.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad scholarship and/or to the HCoB Study ABroad scholarship.

Financial Aid
Enrollment for this program will be in Summer I 2013.  Students who are eligible for federal or state financial aid can use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with the Financial Aid staff in order to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e. remain enrolled full-time). 
Some students from the College of Business may be eligible to  receive a $1,000 scholarship towards the cost of the program. Please, check your eligibility here: HCoB Study Abroad scholarship.

 *Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Note: Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or canceled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.
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Lodging will be in serviced apartments with two students per room and is included in the program price.
UniLodge @ Swinburne Place
24 Wakefield Street
Hawthorn, Melbourne  VIC

Meriton Tiffany Apartments
Tower 1
95-97 Grafton Street
Sydney, Australia

Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel and Resort
57-89 Grafton Street,
Cairns, Australia

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(EXAMPLE from 2012) to be updated
(for the basic part of the trip)

Tuesday May 1

Leave AZO

Thursday May 3

Arrive Melbourne

Amazing Race 1

Group Dinner 1

Friday May 4

Tour of Carlton United Beverage

Saturday May 5

Aussie Rules Football game

Sunday May 6

Yarra Valley Wine Tour

Group Lunch 1

Monday May 7

Australian Defense Forces tour

Amazing Race 2

Group Dinner

Tuesday May 8


Wednesday, May 9

Fly to Sydney

Transfer to Accommodations

Walking Tour

Group Dinner 4

Thursday May 10

Kellogg tour

Amazing Race 3

Group dinner 4

Friday May 11

Tour of Woolworths

Featherdale Animal Park

Sydney Olympic Park

Saturday, May 12

Amazing Race #4

Group Dinner #5

Sunday May 13

Bondi to Coogee Walk

Optional Activities

Monday, May 14

Student Case Competition

Group Dinner 6

Tuesday, May 15

Return to AZO or on to Cairns

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Additional Resources

Country Information (external links)
Australia - Lonely Planet
Melbourne - Lonely Planet
Sydney - Lonely Planet
Visit Australia
Country Specific Information - Australia
Culturegram - Australia
Students Abroad

Contacts at WMU
Dr. Bret Wagner
Program Faculty Director
ISM, 3386 Schneider Hall,
Haworth College of Business

Geralyn Heystek
Advising Office
2130 Schneider Hall
Monday through Thursday
Telephone: 269-387-5075

Ryan Rounds
Study Abroad Specialist
Phone: (269) 387-5890
Location: 3306 Faunce

Ann Ganz
Study Abroad Specialist in HCoB
Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education
Western Michigan University
B2425 Ellsworth Hall
Kalamazoo, Mi. 49008-5245

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This program is currently not accepting applications.